Liberal Democrats in government have announced a further £12 million investment to help people with mental health conditions get back into work.
This ties in with the Liberal Democrats' commitment to bringing treatment for mental health problems out of the shadows and in line with physical health.
The funding will be used in four pilot areas to test whether better coordination of mental health and employment services can help people to find and stay in work, whilst improving their mental health.
The pilot areas include Blackpool, Greater Manchester, North East Combined Authority and West London Alliance. They will trial a number of approaches, including:
- Support packages to help claimants create bespoke action plans and coordinate exisiting local support services
- Support for new employees to make sure they can stay in work and cope with anxiety and other ongoing problems
- Training employment advisors to identity mental health problems and for GPs to recognise the importance of work in improving mental health
Ros Kayes, our parliamentary candidate says that: "Having worked in mental Health as a psychotherapist for many years, I know the importance of support for those suffering from mental health problems. Getting people back into work is one of the fundamental parts of recovery - and the £12 million investment by Liberal Democrats in government is going to helping those people."